Kasteel Cuvée Du Chateau
Brouwerij Van Honsebrouck N.V.

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #32
ABV:
11%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,673
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 11.46%
Reviews:
171
Ratings:
506
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Very dark, looks black until held up to a light -> ultra dark ruby chestnut. Clear. Pours with 2mm ultra-fine light tan head.
S- Toasty and smokey.
T- Boof!! Toast, smoke, cinders. intensely deep and pungent
F- Deep heavy toasty winter warmer
O- Very nice, clearly pungent, give me more.
Bought from BelgiumInABox Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle BB: 01-2025

May 24, 2020
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KooVee from Finland

4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 2016 vintage, so 3+ years old.

Very dark amber colour, not totally clear. Dense light ochre head, decently sticky lace.

Drive-by aroma is sweet figs, caramel, brown sugar. Deeper inhale expands to prunes, and a hint of tartness appears as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel has not thinned yet, carbonation still keeps things lively against the sweetness. The sugar does show development. There is a complex, understated quality to the middle of the taste, with associations to cellar and dark fruits, and at the end a pleasant counterweight of slight tartness. Which this particular yeast tends to produce according to my own experience. Hop-derived bitterness is in a very minor role but still there, closing the curtain.

At this age, still has a lot of potential for further development. There is still body and sweetness to transform, and tartness can still increase relatively without losing balance. That said, this beer is already an excellent example of a well-aged quad. The subtle acidity raises this above the stereotypical.

Feb 08, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker brown color with a small ring of lacing atop.

Smells of sugar glazed caramel, additional rock sugar, licorice and peppery spices, adding a nice depth to the malts.

Drinks lighter with a well pronounced, mineralic carbonation, especially during the finish.

Tastes of milk chocolate, raisins, licorice and a note of fudge. Produces an earthy flavor together with rock sugar and more milk chocolate. Finnishes with cinnamon, kardamom and peppers among remaining toffee.

Tasty and sweet, with a nice, well nuanced depth to justify the higher abv in this.

Sep 27, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murkiest, darkest brown color.

Small khaki head; strong lacing.

Black pepper nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Black pepper ice cream flavor; unique & delicious.

Definitely a sipper, but one I'll return to. This is the 2010 edition; tastes & smells fresh & lively.

Apr 28, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Version de 2012. 10 meses pasada de fecha. En copa Kasteel. Viendo The OA 1x03-04. Agradables notas a frutas oscuras aunque algo faltas de intensidad y sobradas de alcohol. Se echa en falta cuerpo

Mar 24, 2019
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Zet from Netherlands

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to its label, this is brewed to taste like a ten year matured Kasteel Donker. I have no idea how you can brew maturity, so I'll just judge the results. Same nice dark brown colour again, with a modest layer of foam. A nose filled with dark fruits, malt, wood, cinnamon, alcohol and yeast. Same flavours in the taste, which is less sweet than the original and also has a nice tartness mixed in. A medium to full bodied mouth feel. It's still not exceptional, but a nice complex yet balanced quad nonetheless and yes, indeed a better version than its original in my opinion.

Feb 04, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Says it’s a 2014 vintage but no bottled on date or best before date that I could see. Purchased at Barrels & Vines.

Pour: poured into a pint glass. Dark, deep muddy brown. Thin tan head that held in well with a thick ring and moderate bubble lacing. Someone said it looks a bit like sewer water...unfortunately there’s some truth to that.

Nose: lots of dark fruit. Nutmeg, cinnamon, holiday spices. Hint of alcohol.

Taste: toasted bready malts. Spice, dark fruit, a little orange peel. Some dark chocolate, a little oatmeal. Lots going on. Some alcohol heat on the backend.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. Not real thick but has substance. Clean finish.

Overall: really like this. Would pair well with roasts, steak, game. Great by itself as well.

Nov 04, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a chalice. LCBO purchase for about $3.25 CDN.

Appearance - Dark brown in color with honey brown hues in direct light. Some haze and capped with a finger plus of light tan head that takes forever to go away. Plenty of lacing left around the glass.

Smell - Yeast, butterscotch, hints of cinnamon and vanilla with some dark fruits like plums and raisins coming through. Fig interwoven as well. Aromatic and a great balance of subtle aromas. Honey seems relevant here as well.

Taste - Pretty much like the nose, with dark fruits, malty butterscotch and sponge toffee, bits of vanilla, honey and cinnamon. Dark fruits kind of weave in and out of the flavor at times. Very little detectable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and dense, creamy, finishes dry with lots of carbonation. Booze is well hidden here.

overall - A very enjoyable quad, a great sipper that is on the sweeter side of things with the butterscotch and sponge toffee combo. Dark fruits well ingrained too, but just a delightful sipper all around. I should probably pick up a couple of bottles for some aging, see if this progresses at all and if there is any difference. Alcohol really well hidden on this 22 proof quad.

May 20, 2018
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quadmad from Canada

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

$4.25 from the LCBO. Served at cellar temp into a Leffe chalice. Minimal light tan head. Lacing on glass after a swirl. Wonderful aroma- can't quite place it. Slight burn on the back of the throat.
Easy to drink this quite frequently

May 15, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Indeed, this is way too sweet, but still, a work of art.
The plums and raisins come through strong, and to a lesser extent the cinnamon and brown sugar (and perhaps clove). The alcohol is not covered and it feels as boozy as it is. And yet, the price-point for it here in Toronto is excellent. It's worth the try.

May 07, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of June 2019. Poured into a Chimay goblet glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a thin less than half finger tanned head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Sweetish dark fruit, raisin, prunes, plum, caramel malt, toffee, malt with hints of nutmeg and clove.

Taste: Sweet, raisin, prunes, doughy, bready with hints of wood and a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Quite nice, but really on the verge of being a bit too sweet for me.

Apr 25, 2018
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FLima from Brazil

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a thick beige thin head with short retention and leaving scattered laces.
Aroma with notes of grapes, mint, plums, a bit of candi sugar and some toasted malts.
Flavor with notes of banana, candi sugar, prunes, cloves, sprinkle of cinnamon, mild wood, mint, cognac, herbal hops and lots of rotten strawberries. Dry aftertaste with a mild to medium bitterness and residual sugar.
Bordering full body with somewhat effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 11% abv is superbly disguised.
Sweet Belgian Strong Dark Ale with matured fruity notes. I found it somewhat cloying given matured strawberries and banana notes that were enhanced by candi sugar. Hops and spices were not able to tame the sugar bomb.

Apr 06, 2018
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goodbeergoodfood from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is similar but in a less present way of a Donker. I have no problem with a flatter appearance given its ABV its taste fall short of a Donker and certainly of the top rated quads.. It lacks depth. To me that maybe it's biggest shortcoming. It is however an interesting changeup.

Dec 13, 2017
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Derek from Canada

4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This doesn’t have the same depth as some, but it is exquisitely balanced and really easy drinking for a brew of this strength. Really well crafted. Darker than it tastes.

Nov 08, 2017
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lmaduells from Spain

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer correct but that does not contribute anything. The beer is not bad, it is made following standards but it does not give anything that does not contribute other stubs. One of the things I do not like about beer is alcohol. I think alcohol is not well integrated

Sep 12, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada

3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly good quad.

The look disappoints as there is minimal head or lacing, which isn't strange for the style, but the color is where this falls flat. Dark chalkt opague, almost like sewer water.

Aroma is pleasant with ripe stone fruit, toasty champagne yeast notes and a presence of alcohol.

Flavor is fruity, suite with hints of raisins, again with a nice yeast toast .flavor.

Aug 19, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark brown color with red hues, tan head. Aroma has mostly brown sugar and toasted malts with some booze soaked fruits on top. Taste focuses mostly on the brown sugar and yeast character. Finish is a bit astringent and bitter. Medium body and carbonation. It's an intense beer but this also comes with some alcohol burn.

Aug 09, 2017
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kitschiguy from Hong Kong

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vertical tasting between 2012 vintage with 01/18 BB and non-vintage with 2/20 BB.

Poured a dark coffee brown - neither poured with much head or left much lacing.

Notes of coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit with the Vintage version exhibiting notes of cherry, prunes and a vinous note.

Light bodied with a light mouth.

2012 has less alcohol and is much mellower than the NV which is a little warm and not as good as I remember it.

Definitely one to age a couple of years.

Rating given for NV

Apr 11, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged 2015 bottle into tulip 11/2/17

A reddish cola when held to the light, large and loose brown foam has decent retention leaving some random patches

S brewers candy, faint anise, fennel, molasses, root beer, some hard to place vinous notes, raisins, brown sugar, smells pretty good

T cola and brewers candy work well together, dried dark fruit, a little cocoa, not far from the nose

M soft from the bubbles, not as heavy as I expected, booze is well hidden, licorice and spice linger

O mellow for the strength with plenty going on, I rather enjoyed this stuff and could see it doing well with some age

I didn't know what to expect from this one and it turned out great for the money, I'll grab this one again for sure...

Feb 11, 2017
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 5/29/13

A: Perhaps I didn't pour this vigorously enough but I got basically no head, chocolate brown, thin strip of foam around the edge of the glass and no lacing to speak of
S: Chocolate and raisin, a tannic, sharp wine-like quality, a bit of the umami, soy sauce/savory note, a touch of an earthy, vienna like malt quality with some roastiness and a certain nutty quality to it as well
T: Immediate malt and chocolate, there is a certain semi-sweetness here and an overt (though not forceful) boozy quality, the raisin is there too, backed by the booziness and malt body
M: Dry, but not overly so
O: Independent of context it's an excellent beer, but there are many in the style that are far better. This beer does have it's distinctions (though they are few), if you are looking for a quad with a bit of a more noticeable chocolate note you can find it here. It is not really a statement beer, not bold or different from the trappings of it's style, but nonetheless quite enjoyable and if you are look for a quad that you haven't already had you could do a hell of a lot worse.

Dec 09, 2016
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sokol_1993 from California

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle 2012 vintage into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Dark brown, almost black. A good head, but dissipated quickly with some lacing lingering around the glass.
Smell: Very vinous, a viscous, lusty smell. A lot of dark fruit smell, plum and cherry, but also the alcohol smell is strongly present.
Taste: Full of taste. Again, there were a lot of dark fruit taste, as usual for a quad. There is considerable hoppiness that crept up at the end though, which balanced out the sweetness but I think was a bit too much. Maltiness was also present. One could smell the alcohol, but interestingly, it did not taste alcoholic at all.
Feel: full body. Very chewy and viscous. However, the aftertaste is not that fulfilling; not too strong.

Oct 24, 2016
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had a 0.33l glass from draft at Gollem in Antwerp on 27SEP16. Cost was €5.30.

It was a very dark, opaque brown color, with a highly creamy, beige head. The foam started at 1/2" and lasted well, with solid lacing. It had some dark fruit action in the aroma, though it was not overly strong. Body was a touch less than medium, though it was a smooth brew.

Had a touch of brown sugar sweetness with some raisins and dates. The dark fruits are there but somewhat muted. Though I think this was a rather pedestrian quad, I did like it more as it warmed and I consumed more. Prosit!

3.93/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1856

Oct 11, 2016
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archyquaffer from Montana

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the magnum bottle into a clear glass chalice. A moderate pour produces a short, but creamy, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly but never disappears, leaving a thick, frothy ring and islets of lace. The beer is a deep yellowish-brown with ruby highlights, and is rather hazy. It seems clear around the edges but a strong LED light has trouble penetrating the gloom.

Pungent, phenolic fruitiness characterizes the aroma-flavor of this dank brew. Dark fruit notes suggesting black currants, plums, and raisins are prominent, but bready notes suggesting molasses cookies and dark bread are also present, along with a hint of spice and chocolate . The sweetness is perhaps more perceived than real. Boozy vapors waft through, but the alcohol is well-hidden overall.

A dangerously good ale with plenty of complexity. Excellent.

Reviewed on September 10, 2016

Oct 02, 2016
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rich, fruity, and spicy aroma. Sarsparilla like. A touch of cocoa and raisins. Root beer float. Quite sweet smelling. Graham cracker and vanilla notes as well.

Pours dark brown, nearing black with a thin off white head. Not much lacing.

Very sweet, but less rich than the aroma suggested. Burnt raisins and plums. Vanilla, clove, blueberries. A touch of spicy alcohols. Somewhat minerally. Lingering sweetness, but not cloying.

Medium light body, moderate carbonation. Clean and fruity finish.

Rich and fruit forward. Nice, but not as complex or full as some.

Aug 22, 2016
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heygeebee from Australia

3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hmmmm, overall a good looking beer, with the usual molasses on nose for style. However, at the really high ABV the taste is quite hollow in mid palate and the mouthfeel a contradiction - high alcohol but also watery. Go figure. Taste wise lots of molasses , dark fruits and sherry.

An ok beer it not an easy drink.

May 20, 2016
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 506 ratings